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globalrugbyleague - Sat, 21 Apr 2007 07:01:00 GMT
In the week leading up to round 11 of Super League XII, the format of the 2008 World Cup has been finalised, with a controversial outcome.

Australia, New Zealand, England and Papua New Guinea have all been placed into a ‘super pool,’ with three of the four progressing to the semi finals.

This gives the lesser quality nations a chance to battle it out between themselves for a chance to meet one of the ‘big three’ nations in a semi final.

Personally, I do not agree with this format and much prefer the idea of the top seeding nations avoiding each other until a knock out phase.

This way, more of the ‘smaller’ nations can come up against world class players, which may be for them a one in a lifetime opportunity to show their worth.

Round eleven kicks off with fourth placed Wakefield travelling to JJB Stadium to face the sixth placed Wigan Warriors.

For the Warriors’ head coach Brian Noble, it will be his first year anniversary since joining the club from Bradford.

His 18 man squad for the game includes youngsters Darrell Goulding and Joel Tomkins, along with second row Bryan Fletcher, who missed the defeat to Huddersfield with a dead leg.

Michael Withers misses out for the Warriors with a knee injury which he will need surgery on.

For the Wildcats, centre Ryan Atkins returns, and ex Wigan prop Ricky Bibey is included in John Kear’s full strength squad.

Wigan 18 man squad: Ashton, Calderwood, Bailey, Richards, Barrett, Leuluai, Fielden, Higham, Paleaaesina, Hock, Fletcher, O’Loughlin, Vaealiki, Millard, Prescott, Hansen, Goulding, Tomkins.

Wakefield 18 man squad: Pryce, Demetriou, Atkins, Rooney, Jeffries, Watene, Catic, MacGillivray, Ferres, P. March, Bibey, Henderson, Elima, Latu, Blaymire, Fox, Ferguson, Moore.

Steve McNamara is also hoping to celebrate a year in charge this weekend, with his Bradford Bulls who travel to the KC Stadium to face Hull FC.

Danny Washbrook and Garreth Carvell return to Hull’s squad. Influential back row Willie Manu misses out for Peter Sharp’s side with a torn pectorial.

The second placed Bulls will hand a first Super League start to winger Dave Halley in place of the injured Lesley Vainikolo.

Hull FC 18 man squad: Dowes, Carvell, King, Wheeldon, Maiava, Tickle, Radford, Washbrook, Swain, G. Horne, R. Horne, Cooke, Domic, Yeaman, Briscoe, Tony, Sing, Raynor.

Bradford 18 man squad: James, Burgess, McKenna, Cook, I. Harris, McAvoy, Evans, Halley, B. Harris, Langley, Newton, Deacon, Vagana, Kopczak, Solomona, Platt, Lynch, Henderson.

Only points difference separates top of the table St. Helens and third placed Leeds who face each other at the Headingley Carnegie stadium on Saturday.

The two sides hold the two best defensive records of Super League XII, so it should be a tight game.

Saints have included youngsters Scott Moore and Paul Clough in their 18 man squad.

The Rhinos have named the same 18 that destroyed Warrington last Sunday, and are still without Ali Lauititi

Leeds 18 man squad: Webb, Donald, Toopi, Senior, Smith, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Diskin, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ellis, Sinfield, Thackray, Bailey, Kirke, Gibson, Tansey.

St. Helens 18 man squad: Wellens, Gardner, Gidley, Talau, Meli, Pryce, Long, Fozzard, Cunningham, Cayless, Gilmour, Sculthorpe, Roby, Bennett, Graham, Moore, Clough, Fa'asavalu.

Les Catalans host the depleted Warrington Wolves on Saturday.

Warrington are still without key men like Chris Bridge, Adrian Morley, and Paul Johnson, which means that Paul Cullen includes a whole host of youngsters again in the Wolves’ 18 man squad.

The Dragons are once again without key men Luke Quigley, Vincent Duport, and Djamel Fakir.

Les Catalans 18 man squad: A. Bentley, K. Bentley, Bosc, Casty, Chan, Charles, Croker, Ferriol, Greenshields, Guisset, Jones, McGuire, Mogg, Pelo, Teixido, Touxagas, Wilson, Khattabi.

Warrington 18 man squad: Reardon, Fa'afili, Martin Gleeson, Grose, Briers, Clarke, Rauhihi, Westwood, Anderson, Mark Gleeson, Barnett, Bracek, Harrison, Wainwright, Riley, Cooper, Penny, Jerram.

Hull KR go up against bottom of the ladder Salford on Sunday.

The Robins’ coach Justin Morgan has been busy once again this week, first committing himself to the club by signing a contract extension until 2010, then securing the services of ex Castleford utility back Mark Lennon.

Lennon goes straight into Morgan’s 20 man squad for Sunday’s game.

Salford are increasingly so being tipped for relegation this season after countless disappointing displays from Karl Harrison’s men.

Ex Saints and roosters prop Mark Edmondson returns for the Reds.

Hull KR 20 man squad: Cockayne, Dyer, Goddard, Bauer, Hardman, Chester, Webster, Vella, Fisher, Ward, J. Netherton, Hill, O'Neill, Aizue, Gannon, Gene, Lennon, Morton, Tangata-Toa, Gallagher.

Salford 20 man squad: Hodgson, McGuinness, Moule, Wilshere, Dorn, Robinson, Coley, Korkidas, Edmondson, Sibbit, Finnigan, Highton, Viane, Haggerty, Adamson, Littler, Turner, Jewitt, Williams, Berthezene.

The final fixture of round 11 involves Huddersfield and Harlequins RL.

The Giants have now won their last three Super League XII fixtures which has lifted them off the foot of the table.

Shane Elford misses out for the Giants, whose place is taken in the 20 by Leroy Cudjoe. The London based Quins are without Matt Gafa, although Chris Melling returns.

Huddersfield 20 man squad: Reilly, Aspinwall, Lolesi, Brown, Thorman, Crabtree, Drew, Skandalis, Nero, Raleigh, Wild, Jones, Jackson, Mason, Griffin, Hudson, Snitch, Gardner, Hemingway, Cudjoe.

Harlequins RL 20 man squad: Grayshon, Heckenberg, Hill, Hopkins, Lucky Luisi, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, McLinden, Melling, Mills, Orr, Purdham, Randall, Rinaldi, A. Smith, T. Smith, Sykes, Temata, Villasanti, Wells, Worrincy.

THE RICH ROUND 11 TIPS: Warriors to beat Wildcats by 8. Bulls to beat Hull FC by 12. Saints to beat Rhinos by 18. Dragons to beat Wolves by 6. Hull KR to beat Salford by 12. Huddersfield to beat Harlequins by 18. - Read More, Here